Michael Carter was done with recruiting visits until the summer – that was before North Carolina offered last week. Now, he’s scheduled to attend Saturday’s spring game in Chapel Hill.
“I wasn’t expecting to get an offer from there, just because I hadn’t talked to them much,” Carter said. “But when they offered, my dad and I were both excited about it. When my dad was in high school, North Carolina offered him and he was going to go there but he didn’t follow up with his high school coach. But we were excited about that, because we have a lot of family in the Carolinas.”
Carter’s father played high school football at Chester (S.C.) High.
Carter, a 5-foot-9, 193-pound running back from Navarre (Fla.), says half of his family live in South Carolina, while the other half live in North Carolina (Charlotte to be exact). It’s unlikely, though, that he visits family during his short visit through the Carolinas.
Last Wednesday, Carter was told to call Larry Porter, UNC’s running backs coach.
“I got on the phone with Coach Porter,” Carter said. “He said that he was about five plays into my highlights and he told them to stop it because he needed to get me on the phone. He said they want to use me like they used Gio Bernard, which is flattering because he’s a good player.”
After rushing for 1,474 yards during his first two seasons, Carter’s junior campaign began even more promising with 526 yards and nine touchdowns in less than three games. Midway through that third game, he hyperextended his knee tearing his PCL completely and leaving partial tears in his LCL and meniscus.
“I’m close to 100-percent,” Carter said. “I’ve been cutting and running. I’ll be ready by June when we get back out there [for practice].”
Late last month, Adarius Lemons, another Florida running back – albeit a much bigger ‘back – verbally committed to UNC.
“[Porter] said that they only want to take two [running backs] and they want me to be the second ‘back,” Carter said.
UNC is the 14th school to offer Carter. Florida, Mississippi State, South Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Yale are some of the others that have offered.
Previously, Carter has visited Mississippi State, South Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Those five experiences have those programs sticking out. UNC is primed to join that group after Saturday.
“[UNC] is a real contender,” Carter said. “I really like what they’re doing and it’s in a very competitive conference.”
In addition to watching the spring game, Carter is looking forward to diving deeper into UNC’s academics and Porter’s vision.
“I want to major in marketing, so I want to know what they have for me personally,” Carter said. “And I want to know what they plan to do with me.”